Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)

Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)
Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)
2021-09-13 18:48:51
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There have been a few threads on these forums with people frustrated by the fact that TP-Link doesn't officially support briding mode on its range of cellular routers (see for example here). I was annoyed too. 

 

In one of the threads here, @Kevin_Z suggested a workaround: if you want to use the cellular router only as a bridge (ie, as a cellular modem) pull down the WiFi, take down the DHCP server, and put its IP addres within the range of the main router.

 

I wanted to create this thread just to say that: I followed Kevin's recommendations and it worked!

 

I now have the following setup (all actually using TP-Link gear). It fulfills the objective I was going for when starting these home network upgrades which was a dual ISP / cellular connection that uses the cellular line only for failover / as backup. 

 

Because this is tough to explain using words, here's the diagram:

 

 

My gear Is:

 

- TP-Link TL MR 100 

- ISP router

 

Both going into WAN ports on the TL-Link R470T+ load balancing.

 

From there I actually have one more TP-Link product (an Archer router running in AP mode) to bring out WiFi connectivity. As wel as a switch for all the wired gear on the network.

 

Sharing this in case it helps anybody also trying to figure this out. 

 

Regards, Daniel Rosehill
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Re:Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)
2021-09-24 07:43:39

@danielrosehill 

 

Thank you very much for sharing the detailed configuration guide to make the cellular router into bridge mode. I would encourage you re-post this as a story in the below link, that would be helpful for other community users to get benefit from:

https://community.tp-link.com/en/home/stories/edit?moduleId=768

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Re:Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)
2021-09-29 19:39:41

@Kevin_Z 

 

Once I have this issue resolved I will happily post a story.

 

https://community.tp-link.com/en/business/forum/topic/277400

 

Until then, I can't relaly recommend the method. Because it's not yet working as intended (in a nutshell, the load balancer keeps using the backup connection even when the primary is live!)

Regards, Daniel Rosehill
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Re:Success: TP-Link cellular router into load balancer (and then WiFi)
2021-09-30 01:40:34

@danielrosehill 

 

We will check it soon.

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